- Public meeting
Join us to hear about two unique local projects exploring Mennonite funeral and burial traditions, and how cemeteries can be places of learning.
Mennonite Funeral & Burial Traditions: Researching, Writing, Self-Publishing
The topic of Mennonite funeral and burial traditions was going to be a section in Roes’s book about undertakers histories. Her illustrated presentation will tell how it came to be a separate book. Roes will describe a few of the traditions and related occupations, plus her experience as a self-publisher, promoter and seller for this book.
Marion Roes is a local and family historian, writer and researcher, most recently focussing on histories of early and current undertakers and funeral businesses in all of Waterloo Region.
The Cemetery as a Classroom for Community Development & Hope
How can a cemetery function as a classroom, and how can death teach us about community development and hope? In this presentation, you will learn about a “Cemetery Café” research project that involved small-group meetings in cemeteries. You will also be invited to reflect on how cemeteries can play an educational role as Mennonites figure out how to live faithfully in these times of climate emergency and other kinds of unravelling.
Matthew Bailey-Dick recently completed a PhD at the University of Toronto where he studied the links between death, hope, and adult education. Matthew works as the coordinator of a non-degree educational program within the Mennonite community, and as a sessional instructor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College.
No admission charge. A freewill offering will be taken.